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The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Court Orders Medical School To Admit Deaf Student

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Yakima,  Washington -- The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington this afternoon issued a preliminary injunction ordering Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (“PNWU”) to ensure Zachary Featherstone begins his medical education on August 4, 2014. Featherstone, a deaf individual seeking to become a doctor, filed suit last month, alleging that PNWU discriminated on the basis of his disability in violation of 

FCC Requires Closed Captioning of Online Video Clips

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

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The NAD applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and especially Chairman Wheeler for extending the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010’s (CVAA) IP Closed Captioning rules to video clips. The CVAA requires that programs shown on television with captions must be captioned when later shown online. However, the FCC, under the previous Chairman, exempted video clips and concluded that the IP Closed Captioning rules only applied to full-length programs shown online.

Dr. Gertrude Scott Galloway: Activist, Educator & Torchbearer

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) bids farewell to one of its iconic leaders, Dr. Gertrude “Gertie” Scott Galloway, who passed away at the age of 83 on July 17, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Dr. Galloway is a genuine trailblazer – she accomplished many firsts throughout her civic and professional endeavors.

NAD Adopts New Position Statements and Model Bills

Thu, 19 Jun 2014

On June 18, 2014, the Board of Directors for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) reviewed, approved, and adopted position statements designed to satisfy a mandate and a priority set by our Council of Representatives at the 2012 NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The mandate was for the NAD to develop a strategy to ensure no deaf or hard of hearing child is deprived of language acquisition from birth, and the priority sought to develop a toolkit to promote the development of state-level coordinators of mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing people.

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Submitted by admin—Tue, 22 Jul 2014

For this month’s #NADHandwave, the NAD is excited to recognize a person who works diligently to support people with disabilities to become better self-advocates -- her name is Haben Girma.

Submitted by admin—Thu, 03 Jul 2014

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Submitted by admin—Wed, 18 Jun 2014

Felice Marcus is a mainstream schoolteacher at the Indian Pines Elementary School. She has tremendous passion as shown through her teaching experience for more than 25 years! Her dedication to making sure other deaf children got an education is amazing given that Felice herself grew up in public schools with little accommodations and no access to sign language.

She previously taught at The Learning Center and the New York School for the Deaf, and took on her current position as a K-2 teacher at a public school when she needed to move to south Florida to take care of her mother.

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